Britain’s one-man literary avant-garde

—Jonathan Coe

A wild, experimental, polyphonic novel, recounting a typical day of diminishing returns at a nursing home

House Mother Normal

Fiction by B.S. Johnson

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Paperback (published August 23, 2016)

ISBN
9780811222143
Price US
14.95
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19.5
Trim Size
5 x 8
Page Count
208

Paperback (published August 23, 2016)

ISBN
9780811209816
Price US
16.95

Clothbound (published August 23, 2016)

ISBN
9780811209809

B.S. Johnson

B.S. Johnson was an English experimental novelist, poet, and critic.

Britain’s one-man literary avant-garde

—Jonathan Coe

Like his admirer Samuel Beckett, Johnson locates his voices among conditions of such deprivation that even the most miserable memories are gilded by comparison: this paradox fuels equal parts of comedy and pathos. Never sentimental, at once corrosive and elegiac, House Mother Normal is a remarkable achievement.

The New York Times Book Review

The future of the novel depends on people like B. S. Johnson.

—Anthony Burgess

A most gifted writer.

—Samuel Beckett

This is the most accomplished tour de force so far from a writer who has always rejected the Dickensian limitations of the novel.

London Times